How Much Does It Cost to Install a Sprinkler System?

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Summer is arriving and in Arizona this typically means higher water bills, which we all dread. To have a healthy looking lawn, you must water it. Unfortunately, there is no way around it. Having an automated sprinkler system is a great solution to keeping your lawn green, while still being cost effective. According to “RedBeacon”, a company that connects professionals with homeowners, sprinkler systems tend to range between $248 and $1288. However, there are a number of things that could affect the final cost of your sprinkler system. Below are some of the more important factors to help you understand what could affect the final price for a sprinkler system installation.

Location

Location and size are going to be the biggest factors when it comes to the final cost of a well designed and implemented sprinkler system. Large areas that require more sprinkler heads and pipes are going to be pricier, while small lawns will see a much less expensive installation bill. However, since sprinkler systems run in zones, the price of a sprinkler system will not go up proportionally to the size of your lawn. Zones are areas made up of pipes that usually have 5 to 10 sprinkler heads.
In other words, a property that is twice the size does not equate to twice the price.
If you are on a tight budget, we suggest putting in the system and plumbing first and adding zones along the way. This is because installing an entire new system is more expensive than adding zones. According to RedBeacon, The national average price for installing a sprinkler system varies depending on the property type.

• Single-family home: $918
• Apartment Buildings: $1472
• Commercial properties: $1287

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Other Noteworthy Property Types:

Bare Yards: The average price varies from $946 to $1182 depending on the complexity of the system design. Since trenches and holes must be dug out to place the lines, heads, and valves, installing a sprinkler system in a bare yard where there is little to no landscaping is ideal.
Existing Lawn: The average price varies from $1008 to $1354, but additional fees most likely will apply to restore the sod and plants. Even though existing lawns probably already have a sprinkler system, it generally requires more effort to install a sprinkler system. It is more work because they must remove the sod before starting. This usually requires extra tools and workers to complete the job.

Purpose

There is a variety of uses for sprinkler heads, but knowing how to distribute the water and having a master plan that will save you money. Different system designs will also affect the final cost of the installation.
Here are the estimated prices that will help you see what it takes for certain projects and determine what works best within your budget.

• Sprinkler Systems For Lawns:$642 to $1154
• Sprinkler Systems For Trees: $414 to $1804
• sprinkler Systems For Flower Beds:$518 to $1007
• Sprinkler Systems For Shrubs: $478 on average
• Sprinkler Systems For Gardens: $993 on average

Manual vs Automated

A manual sprinkler system: Ranges from$437 to $2147.
Manual systems do not have any electronic parts and are turned off and on through the operation of valves. This system is cost effective to install, but many people tend to over water when using a manual system.

Automated systems: Ranges from $517 to $2147.
Automated systems use controls that electronically turn the system on and off. These systems run off an automatic timer which needs a power supply and programing to receive the best cost and application. Automated systems are usually more expensive than manual systems, but the cost includes both parts and installation. Automated systems also have custom controls and automatic shutdowns that are very effective and efficient. This will most likely save you money in the long run.

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Quality

This is a very important factor! You may think you’re getting the better deal by going with the cheapest way but, in the long run, you could end up paying way more. The saying is true quality over quantity! You need to make sure that you are receiving quality pipes, sprinkler heads, and a timing system.

Water Savings

Using your water efficiently will save you money! Setting your system for a particular time of day and duration will keep costs down. The best time to operate a sprinkler system is early mornings and/or late night.

Planning

Plan, plan, plan!!! This will save you the most money. Knowing how complex your system needs to be and for what purpose it will serve allows you to better plan for the installation cost. Also, keep in mind the landscape of your yard and the accessibility to plumbing and electrical connections. If this sounds a little overwhelming for you no worries!

At AZ Sprinkler, we help you with every detail! If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 1-800-420-6010.

Lawn Irrigation Tips for Arizona

Arizona Lawn Irrigation Tips

Lawn Irrigation Tips For Arizona

Get ready…. the AZ heat is already approaching and is nerveless merciful. With the extreme heat Arizona brings we must be aware of how much water we are using and how to preserve it.

AZ Sprinkler is here to help you make smart, affordable choice while still having a healthy, nice lawn in Arizona. Here are some helpful tips and information.

Arizona Sprinkler Mistakes: Four Do’s and Don’ts of Lawn Irrigation

1) Watering Your Lawn Everyday

If you’re a person that waters their lawn everyday stop! Not only is it a waste of money, but it’s ineffective.

 Do this Instead: Water your lawn every three days. Even in the hottest conditions, watering your lawn twice a week will provide enough water to grow a happy, green lawn. Too much water or too little water can hinder your lawn growth but the perfect amount will promote deeper root growth.

 Watering Tip: Setup a Sprinkler system timer to help automate the process. With busy schedules full of work and kids, it’s easy to forget when you watered last, or who watered. This too often leads to overwatering or under watering. Irrigation timers eliminate that worry while helping to conserve water usage and promote the perfect Arizona lawn.

2) Watering your lawn every 15 minutes

This can really hurt your pocket book and in return you’ll be stuck with a shallow rooted lawn. This is no good because your lawn will be a water addict and need its water fix every day just to survive. The smart choice will be to water your lawn once a week for around an hour. This will make your lawn healthier, less susceptible to water droughts and pesky weeds.

There are two factors that need to be considered when watering your lawn. First, how quick your sprinklers produce water and secondly, how much water your lawn needs. You can test this out by seeing how easily a 6” long shaft of a screwdriver goes into your lawn. If the screwdriver goes in easily you do not need to water your lawn but, if you are having a difficult time than your lawn needs more water.

3) Using Your Sprinklers When It’s Extremely Hot 

If you are watering your grass when it’s 95 degrees or hotter, stop! In these high-heat conditions, water will evaporate before it even reaches the roots.

Do This Instead: Water in the early morning or late evening. During these times, evaporation and wind speeds are lower making it the most effective time to water your grass.

4) Giving your plants the same level of water as your grass

All plants have different watering needs, so it doesn’t make sense to give all your plants the same amount of water as you would your lawn.

Do This Instead: Do some research on the plants you have growing. Having a solid understanding of the conditions they prefer will help you make a decision on how much water they require to prosper.

Plant Watering Tips: Much like watering your lawn, setting up a drip system with a timer can help you stay on top of your plant’s watering needs. You can have your local sprinkler company design a system so your plants get the right amount of water, automatically, all on a timer. 

More Tips for Improving Efficiency

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Picture Source: Sprinkler Warhouse

 

  • Know your soil and grass type- different soils absorb water at different speeds and, different types of grass need more/less water.
  • More water is needed for freshly seeded lawns and less for established lawns
  • In each water area, the spout size and sprinkler style should be the same
  • If a sprinkler head is missing make sure to replace it ASAP. You can lose more than 12 gallons every minute when missing a sprinkler head!
  • If there are certain areas of your lawn that look dry don’t run your sprinkler time for longer. Instead hand water the areas.
  • Make sure your grass is trimmed so it doesn’t block the sprinklers
  • When mowing your lawn make sure your blades are sharp. When your blades are dull they will impair the grass and cause the lawn to grow back incorrectly
  • Make sure your sprinklers are only watering the grass and not pointed towards the driveway, asphalt, or walls.
  • Avoid runoff

Signs of under watering:

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  • Bluish-grey tint.
  • Grass doesn’t spring back from footsteps
  • It is tough to put a screwdriver into the soil.
  • The lawn is still warm after sundown.

Signs of Overwatering

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  • Turns a yellow/ blotchy color
  • Moldy odor
  • Algae
  • Fungus
  • Mushrooms
  • Runoff
  • Puddles of water in areas
  • Very soft soil that becomes soppy

If you are noticing your lawn is being overwatered or underwatered, and you have an irrigation sprinkler system, you may have a leak or a blockage. Contact your preferred Arizona Sprinkler Repair company to get it checked out ASAP.